Adele Barlow
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Adele Barlow is the Education Director for Escape the City (www.escapethecity.org), a London-based online platform for corporate professionals who want to 'do something different' with their careers. Previously, she co-founded yMedia, a New Zealand social enterprise supported by Microsoft, IBM, and Saatchi & Saatchi which produced digital campaigns for charities. She has led digital projects for clients across the private, public, and community sectors, and is the author of Long May You Run: A Global Nomad's Search for Home, and The Lean Graduate: How to Escape the Quarter Life Crisis Without "Finding Your Passion."

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How Does Failure Help Us Grow?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 September 2014 | (13:57)

"I can tell you... that success doesn't look like an 'A+'. And failure isn't as simple as an 'F'. Failure could be very grey. You might arrive at an event in your life where you think, 'Wow I've succeeded,' and be getting the affirmation from all these outside forces, but...

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What Marque Will You Leave on the World?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (14:34)

James Espey is the author of "Making Your Marque: 100 Tips to Build Your Personal Brand and Succeed in Business", which you can buy on Amazon here.

I don't know why he reminded me of Colonel Sanders from KFC (with a crisp English accent) but there was...

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How to Be a Useful Woman

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2014 | (16:31)

I've always hated women's events. I never really saw the point. So I kind of judged myself for the fact that last night, I wasn't just at one, but also organised the whole shebang. (We hosted 75 aspiring female entrepreneurs at the opening event of Escape the City's...

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An American Entrepreneur in London

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (12:14)

She had no idea that this was going to be the plane ride that changed everything.

Penny Wing had recently quit her job as a statistical analyst in engineering after agreeing to marry the President of the company. On that plane ride from New York to Los Angeles in...

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How Do I Change Careers When I Don't Know Where to Start?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2014 | (00:24)

Adrian was 28, on a good salary, and working with a bank that he knew in his heart he eventually wanted to leave. From Monday to Friday, he felt like his soul was dying, but on Saturday afternoon, he would meet up with an entrepreneurially minded friend in a pub...

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Why Is Running Away to the Beach Not the Solution?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 March 2014 | (00:36)

His surfboard danced with the waves and as I watched him I started remembering how blissfully simple life can be out here in New Zealand - especially when you're in rural pockets like Raglan, a surf town about an hour's drive from Auckland. Here, there's only sunshine and ocean and...

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How Can I Decide Whether I Should Do an MBA?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2014 | (19:25)

I don't know much about investing, but from what I hear, a lot of it seems to be about guessing: accepting that all you've got is an educated guess. I used to not know much about the MBA debate, but after writing a book about...

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How Can My Negative Emotions Help Me Find My Dream Job?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2014 | (13:28)

"Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know."
- Pema Chodron


It was 2am and I still couldn't sleep because the words in my head raced like a news ticker; endless questions that I could barely track - is this really what...

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Say No to Being Anyone But Yourself in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 10 January 2014 | (10:53)

Escape the City is an online community dedicated to helping corporate professionals to do something different. Charly Cox is a coach speaking at one of our events on Monday Jan 20.

"Just as you wouldn't think it weakness to use a hammer instead of your own...

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The Robot and the Adventurer

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2014 | (22:31)

What does being stuck in your 20s look like?

Sometimes it means not being able to get out of bed. Other times it means a blizzard of early-morning iPhone alarms, midnight emails, and bloodshot eyes, without time to pause; to recognize that you can't remember the last time when...

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(Obvious) Life Lessons from 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2013 | (08:19)

Back in college, my stoner neighbour once rattled off this spiel about the brain treating life as a movie. He argued that when we die, the last thing we see is a kaleidoscope of memories rewinding before us, reminding us of what we learned along the way.

I kind of...

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A Life Less Bullshit: Interview With Nicole Antoinette

(0) Comments | Posted 13 December 2013 | (15:23)

"Societally, we glorify huge life overhauls. TV shows like Clean Sweep and The Biggest Loser give us the impression that we can completely transform ourselves in a relatively short period of time. Magazine headlines promise that you're just '30 days away from an entirely new body!'" says runner-blogger-coach...

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From Producing Reports Nobody Read to Helping Villagers In Zambia

(0) Comments | Posted 26 September 2013 | (16:32)

Ben Harper used to work at a big-four accountancy in London. Now, he is the CFO of Zamsolar, a social enterprise in Zambia that sells solar lights and phone chargers to people in villages that are not on the grid.

Once upon a time, Ben enjoyed his...

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How To Transition Into Social Enterprise

(1) Comments | Posted 10 September 2013 | (14:25)

At Escape the City, we're often asked by our members about how they can transition into careers in social enterprise, CSR and not-for-profits. On September 9th, we ran one of our Adam Street Club events with On Purpose, a London-based social enterprise leadership development program. Here...

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Dear 21-Year-Old Me

(1) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (00:00)

Hi there, 21-year-old self.

Well, THIS doesn't feel self-absorbed. I was at an Escape the City event at Adam Street Club in London last night and I met this recent graduate - she had a sweet face, nervous laugh, and she kind of asked me for career advice....

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Why She Left Google

(1) Comments | Posted 24 August 2013 | (00:00)

I really enjoyed reading Why I Left Google by 27-year-old Ellen Huerta - since I work with Escape the City, she eloquently articulated the shape of a tale I hear in some form or another pretty much every day.

The story goes like this: a...

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It's Okay Not to Be Passionate About Your Day Job

(2) Comments | Posted 13 August 2013 | (00:00)

I recently watched Esther Perel's TED talk on the secret to desire in long-term relationships, and if you haven't already seen it, I would actually forget reading the rest of this and going to check it out right now.

She talks about the unrealistic burden we tend...

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Finding Color in the Grey

(0) Comments | Posted 2 August 2013 | (10:20)

It was a Friday night and he was at a plush Mayfair nightclub, feeling a lot older than his 28 years. He tipped his head back and shook the ice from his vodka into his mouth, glancing at the grinding couples in front of him, thinking about how something that...

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How Not to Get Promoted: Ask for Work-Life Balance

(6) Comments | Posted 1 August 2013 | (00:00)

She tucked her blonde hair behind her ears and tried to ignore her mother's piercing stare as she slipped into her seat at the lunch table at her parents' house. She was late. And she knew what was going to come next.

"You look tired," her mother observed.

"Gee,...

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How Do You Make Big Decisions?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2013 | (00:54)

I spent last week in Manhattan; detached from my regular day-to-day context in London. When I'm in travel mode, I find it way easier to spontaneously zoom out on what it is that I'm actually doing with my life. Like, long-term. One specific debate I've been having with myself is...

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